Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg

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room E 01.1
Research Cluster
Society and Culture in Motion
Reichardtstraße 6
06114 Halle (Saale)

Prof. Dr. Reinhold Sackmann (Sprecher)

phone: +49 345 55 24251
phone: +49 345 55 24252

room E.46.0
Emil-Abderhalden-Str. 26–27
06108 Halle (Saale)

Prof. Dr. Christian Papilloud (Graduiertenschule)

phone: +49 345 55 24251
phone: +49 345 55 24250

room E.58.0
Emil-Abderhalden-Str. 26–27
06099 Halle (Saale)

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Society and Culture in Motion (SCM)

Guiding principle

Guiding principle for our work is to understand movements and iterations of social and cultural processes and actors taking into account their significance for in itself changing social figurations. To this aim, we are committed to the modern scientic standards. We want to contribute to a better understanding of human beings, ideas, artifacts and models in contemporary and historical international contexts; contribute to shape the international scientific debate; support and promote young scientists.


The Regional Research Cluster (FSP) and the  Graduate School (GS) Society and Culture in Motion (SCM) emerged from the  Graduate School Asia and Africa in World Reference Systems (GSAA) in  2008. Henceforth the FSP developed from its initial area studies focus towards systematic disciplines in the humanities and social sciences and their global interconnections.

The  FSP locates itself at the conjuncture among three faculties: social  sciences, humanities, law, economics as well as regional studies enter  into productive exchange and discuss proposals for common research  projects. The FSP is a common enterprise with the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology   .  Under the umbrella of FSP, the GS continues to be a structural element  in the further training of doctoral candidates. Among the two institutes  there is a close cooperation, and doctoral students at the GS are  routinely associated to ongoing FSP research projects.

Since 2013, the FSP organises the Anton Wilhelm Amo Lecture,  to honour the memory of the first scholar of African origin who  obtained a PhD in Philosophy and Law at the University of Halle in 1729,  with a thesis on De iure Maurorum in Europa.



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